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Arlene Wickel Kowitz

Jan. 16, 1946 - Mar. 14, 2023

Date of Service: Mar. 25, 2023

DECLO – Arlene Wickel Kowitz, a 77-year-old resident of Declo, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at her home with her loving husband, Chuck, by her side after battling dementia for the last decade.

Arlene was born January 16, 1946, to Virgil and Margaret Artilla “Tilly” Anderson Wickel in Declo. She grew up on the Parkes’ Creek Ranch in Conner Creek as the second of four children and attended school in Malta.

She met Charles Fred “Chuck” Kowitz on a blind date to the Cassia County Fair. They were set up by her cousin, Karen, and his friend, Gene, as a double date. After dating for two years, they married on July 14, 1962, at the home of his parents, Fritz and Emma Kowitz of Declo. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past summer.

Arlene and Chuck welcomed three boys to their family, LaMont, Brent and Greg. The joy of her life was taking care of them. With three boys active in sports, Arlene attended every game and was their biggest fan. Dedicated to her family’s every need she was an excellent cook and kept an immaculate and welcoming home. The family expanded to welcome daughters-in laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and each brought her great joy. Over the years the family enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, rodeos, and especially horse racing. Arlene enjoyed a happy life with her family on the farm filled with love and laughter.

Arlene is survived by her husband, Chuck of Declo; sons, LaMont Kowitz of Declo, Brent (Cindy) Kowitz of Boise, and Greg (Tanya) Kowitz of Eagle; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings, Lynn (Emily Jane) Wickel of Rupert, and Terri (Gordon) Knopp of Burley; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Verlo and Brenda Wickel; and an infant sister, Marlene.

The family would like to thank Visions Hospice, especially Jackie Garner, for their service to Arlene.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, located at 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, where family and friends will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will follow at Declo Cemetery.

Condolences for Arlene Wickel Kowitz

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From Marjorie Jensen:
So sorry for your loss.Prayers for the family.RIP
From Denny Ward:
sorry to hear Arlene pass on . she was in my class in school always smiling . she was a great classmate she will be missed by lots of us.
From Milo & Gayle Erekson :
So sorry to hear of Arlenes passing. What a kind sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
From Dale Jafek:
Sorry for your loss.
From Sharon Hutchison Hutchison:
Thinking of you with Sincere Sympathy and Fond Memories of your loved one. So sorry for your loss.
From Gaylen & Carolyn Smyer:
Arlene possessed a bright smile and an infectious laugh. She was a devoted wife, mother, and a wonderful aunt. She will be missed by her immediate and extended family and the Declo community. We wish Chuck and the boys all the best in the coming weeks and months. Even though she is no longer with us, the family can take comfort in knowing she favorably touched many lives. She was loved and appreciated. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.
From Jacque Garner :
It was such an honor to care her. Hugs and prayers to all of you.
From VERDA VILLARMA:
I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF ARLENE. I ONLY MET HER A COUPLE OF TIMES BUT I KNEW HER PARENTS VIRGIL AND TILLY. GROWING UP WE SEEN THEM A LOT AND ALWAYS ENJOYED THEIR VISITS. VIRGIL AND MY MOTHER WERE FIRST COUSINS. WHEN WE CAME TO IDAHO EACH YEAR WE ALMOST ALWAYS SEEN LYNNE AND EMILY JANE. MEMORIES OF THOSE WE LOVE ARE ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS. GOD BLESS ALL THE FAMILY.

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